The Uses of Confrontation in the Psychotherapy of Borderline Patients

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Publisher: Science House

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It has been useful to us to define confrontation as a specific technique for dealing with avoidance defenses. Because borderline patients rely heavily on these avoidance mechanisms, we have found confrontation to be necessary in their treatment. At certain difficult times it is needed as part of the therapist’s effort to help his patient regain an experience of security and avoid actual dangers toward which he is inclined.

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